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Noah Kahn’s first real interest in nature developed as he explored, for hours, the fascinating Pacific Coast tidal pools during a family trip in early high school. Since then, most of his personal and professional interests have revolved around conservation of land and wildlife. Noah earned a Master’s degree in Entomology from North Carolina State University, where he studied the transmission ecology of a devastating plant virus that is vectored by insects called thrips. After this, he spent the next three years studying birds in many great places. He studied the effects of habitat fragmentation on birds in San Diego, CA, the drivers of altitudinal migration in White-ruffed Manakins in Costa Rica, and the potential impact of wind turbines on migrating birds and bats throughout Vermont and New York. Noah has been in Washington, D.C. for almost 1.5 years now, where he works on federal land issues for Defenders of Wildlife. About 80% of his time is spent working on national wildlife refuge issues and a lesser amount on national forests and BLM lands. For fun, Noah enjoys planning (and going on) regular trips, birding, gardening, reading about natural history, spirituality, and politics, and spending time with his soul mate, Aimee.